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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
5:23 pm
Harvey Pekar, and Craig Thompson's HABIBI
Two comics things: Last summer, I wrote a piece about getting to work with Harvey Pekar. The comic we worked on (I did the pencils, the brilliant David Lasky did the inks) went into the book Yiddishkeit, and is now up online here - just scroll down a bit, it's the first two pages in the excerpt.

But MUCH more importantly, THIS:

I review Craig Thompson's forthcoming 700-page graphic novel, HABIBI, in this week's Phoenix. WARNING: SPOILERS.

Oh my god, you guys. Oh my god.
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
12:28 pm
Asperger's: not a marketable distinction in the world of S/F
Wow. I don't even know what to say about this pitch. Except, No.
Details changed to protect the guilty.

From: [author@somewebsite.net]
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2011 11:31 AM
Subject: Asperger’s Syndrome: a blessing or a curse?

What do Hans Christian Andersen, Emily Dickenson, and Lewis Carroll have in common?

Aside from being great literary figures, all were speculated to have autism or other autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s syndrome.

Author [author's name] has too been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, which lends her a highly detailed, distinctive style of writing.

“Thanks to Asperger’s syndrome, I have a deeply developed sense of wonder. It puts a constant smile on my face as I take in new information or admire scenery or even go to the grocery store,” says [author's name].

Writing her new science fiction book, [Noun] of the [Noun] presented some challenges too. It took [author's name] four years to write.

“All I wanted to do was rewrite the first chapter over and over again,” says [author's name]. “It’s still a challenge for me to give up working on a favorite chapter in order to create a new one, but by pressing onward in my writing, I’ve been able to progress in other areas of my life as well.”

Can I send you a copy of [Noun] of the [Noun]?

Thanks for your consideration,

[author's name]

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
3:14 pm
I interviewed Speed
I finally got to write the Finder story I've been itching to write for years:

Like tuning in to a telanovela from Tlon

The story is mostly for people who haven't read Finder, but hit the third page for a full transcript of the spoiler-heavy geekery I put Speed through.
Friday, June 24th, 2011
8:46 pm
An Angel Passes
RIP Peter Falk, whose favorite word was "bupkis," who only wanted to draw a good line, and who, as we all know, was once an angel. I never doubted it.

Friday, June 10th, 2011
6:42 pm
Laurie Juspeczyk spent 17 years in a bunker, or, Why Super 8 pissed me off
So I went to see Super 8.

And it was gorgeous and deliciously suspenseful. There are some things that ALWAYS work, you know? All the dogs disappearing, that always works. The army trucks rolling through a small town - that always works, especially when there's a soldier on the back with a geiger counter. There's also the most amazing train wreck ever set to film.

And there's Alice.

This group of boys are making a Super 8 zombie movie, and Alice is the girl they get to play the girl. Alice is maybe a year older than them, but the first time we see her it's hard to tell; she wears lipstick and bellbottoms and irons her hair. Elle Fanning is totally amazing in this role; you can see Alice's face go from child to hardened adult from one second to the next. She's fantastic to watch.

Alice agrees to act in the boys' zombie flick, and she turns out to be a preternaturally good actor. Creepy good. There's trouble at home; her dad is a drunk, their house is a dump; you wonder where those spooky renditions of heartbreak and zombie death are coming from.

And then spoilersCollapse )

This - I mean, usually I let this stuff go, but as I get older I'm getting more and more sick of it.
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
12:17 pm
Admit It: Anthony Weiner is Fucking Hot
In all the commentary about Rep Anthony Weiner's unfortunate fall from grace, there is one thing no one seems to be saying. A truth, perhaps, that no one wants to confront. Well, I think it needs to be said:


Anthony Weiner, you are one sexy slab of skinny Jewish nerd. I would like, as they say, to break me off a piece of that.

This is not a new sentiment for me. I have had a crush on Big Tony for a while now, going back to one of his speeches on health care. He was on TV, accusing Republicans of being in the pockets of insurance companies. His eyes flashed, his neck tendons creaked. UNFFF. I called up my ex-bf, who has a line on the movers and shakers of New York, and asked me if he could fix us up.

Forget it, he said, he's married.

I was crestfallen.

And now I find out that I could have been getting dick pics from him THIS WHOLE TIME?

GODDAMN IT. I would much, much rather look at pictures of Rep. Weiner's kosher dill than pictures of a grown man crying at a press conference because he endulged in a little innocent sexting.

Tony? If you're reading this? It's srosenbaum@phx.com.
Friday, January 7th, 2011
1:25 pm
In this week's Phoenix
I look for meaning at Super Megafest

Read the story behind the cut or on the Phoenix site.

The entire 20th century is crammed into a ballroom in the Sheraton hotel.Collapse )
Friday, November 19th, 2010
4:20 pm

Stay tuned for what will surely be Pulitzer-winning coverage of this event
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
5:12 pm
I'm putting together the comics part of our holiday gift guide. Anyone have any suggestions as to comics either just recently out or coming out between now and Christmas that I should review?

ETA: My current roundup:
Hereville, Barry Deutsch;
Make me a woman, Vanessa Davis;
X'ed Out, Charles Burns;
Masterpiece Comics, R. Sikoryak;
Picture This, Lynda Barry;
Softer Side of R. Crumb.
RASL tpb, Jeff Smith;
Ex Machina;
aaaand I guess the latest issue of Inbound

Still open to suggestions.
Friday, November 12th, 2010
3:04 pm
So, I've been incommunicado on here for the better part of two years. Basically, I went walkabout. But I am now typing this from my extremely swank cubicle at the Boston Phoenix, where I'm happy to say that I am a Staff Editor. So maybe it's time to come back...
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